|Project by SawdustAndAnIPA||posted 08-16-2013 06:00 PM||1054 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
The Glider Bench was a fun project to build. It was built using a plan I purchased from U-Build. The two center pieces of the back rest were supposed to be built using 8 or 10” wide boards. However, I could not find material that width unless I wanted to do a glue-up (and was concerned about weathering and longevity.) Thus I opted for more slats and using 2×6 material.
The other challenge I had is that I wanted to use Redwood instead of Cedar (to match the arbor for where the bench would be installed.) However the plans required 3/4” thick stock and all my redwood sources were 2x stock or 1.5” thick lumbered. So I had to do a lot of resaw band saw and planer work to get my material down to size. This left me with several slats that required much sanding to remove the band saw grooves. I purchased the glider hardware from Woodcraft for 20 bucks instead of cutting the parts out of sheet metal as the plans suggested.
Redwood does tend to split and so several of my seat slats had to be tossed as scrap and recut when I was countersinking for weatherproof deck screws for their attachment.
I finished the bench using Cabot Deck Stain which did a great job of staining the wood while also applying a wood preservative.
Pleased with the finished product and very glad the arbor project is now finally coming to an end.
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